Shanks Group has appointed Peter Dilnot as its new chief executive. He takes up the post on 1 February 2012 and succeeds Tom Drury, who left the group in September.
Since 2005, Dilnot has worked for Danaher Corporation, a NYSE-listed global diversified industrial group with annual sales of $13bn.
He is currently group president of emerging markets at its Gilbarco Veeder-Root subsidiary and president of Danaher Middle East.
Shanks chairman Adrian Auer said: “Shanks is in great shape with good prospects. In Peter we have appointed a top-class executive with a most impressive track record. I have no doubt he will bring the energy and leadership to maintain the momentum of our progress to date and manage the next phase of Shanks’ growth.”
Dilnot added: “I am looking forward to the challenge of building on Shanks Group’s positive momentum. Shanks is a business with a strong team, leading sustainable waste management capabilities, and has great potential.”
During his six years at Danaher, Dilnot delivered profitable growth, both organically and through the acquisition and integration of five businesses in Europe, India and Brazil.
Before joining the company, he spent seven years at the Boston Consulting Group, working at its offices in London and Chicago across a range of industries, and before this spent nine years as an officer in the British Armed Forces. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from Bristol University.
News of the appointment coincided with the release of Shanks’ results for the six months ended 30 September 2011.